One of the Big Four accounting firms, and so covering audit, tax, consulting and financial advice. A superb place to start a career. The apprenticeships on offer cover the full range of their business, but not all the target qualifications are actual degrees - many are e.g. the ACA chartered accountancy qualification, which certainly ranks as a degree in employers' eyes but is not one. Ask how easy it is to join one specialism, find you prefer another, and then move over.
Business Technology; Software Engineering; Accounting & Management
BSc (Hons) BT; SE; A & M
Ulster University (BT and A & M); University of Hertfordshire (SE)
320 UCAS points plus GCSEs including Maths, English Language (B or above)
Online + Firefly game! + Assessment
Market leading plus plenty of good-looking perks
We had a back-breaking time trying to dig on this website. A 52 page brochure was mainly full of photographs and symbols. There appear to be 3 degrees on offer but they're all based in Belfast, maybe if you try playing the "Firefly Freedom" game you'll discover more but we had a vertiginous pile of other companies to be investigated, so sadly we couldn't play. The email address looks hopeful but produced only generic replies when we tried and tried again.
The aeroplane builder: top flight engineering with an emphasis on everything being done perfectly (for which we have often been thankful) and therefore on hands-on skills - graduate recruits get sent to the local FE college for a year before they are allowed near the factory floor. A good employer by all accounts.
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Accenture is a top-line business consulting company; this apprenticeship is in their IT consulting division, and the embedded degree is a solidly technical one. You will very rapidly be part of building real IT applications; expect to be living out of a suitcase near whichever client you are working for. If you have ambitions to move into their mainstream consulting business, make sure that you understand what this takes: their recruitment into this area is very Oxbridgey, and we are not clear how an IT apprentice could come up-to-status.
"Design and consultancy for natural and built assets", they say: a top-end global construction company based in Holland but with strong UK roots. This is an apprenticeship that leads to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor - the top professional qualification with MRICS after your name, and a core role in a business like Arcadis. Long term prospects: the UK CEO is a FRICS; say no more.
Defence of the Realm. The armed forces take training seriously: you will find yourself taking courses with great regularity. A positive, enormously supportive environment which will push you as far as you can go, and build management skills into everything you learn. Start anywhere and end up with a degree. Forces life is a thing apart - quite strange if you have not encountered it among your relatives, but something that most of us can get used to (as our forebears did): instant obedience and initiative combined, and a very strong community.